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Wed Apr 15, 2020, 06:56 AM

A wise lady told me years ago to never put my plants outdoors....

until after the Kentucky Derby and my spiders do not like cold.

Damn, was she ever right 'cause it's 30 degrees outside tonight.

I will go by the original date though (May 2) because I can't wait 'til September.....

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Wed Apr 15, 2020, 06:59 AM

2. You are going to have to wait until September this year

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Wed Apr 15, 2020, 07:09 AM

3. I live in northwest Ohio

and never put any plants out until after Mothers day.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Wed Apr 15, 2020, 07:21 AM

4. We put out 2 firecracker plants every nice day and bring them in at night.

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They wintered over in our sun room and they're flowering, just waiting for a hummingbird on a sunny day. There's reports of hummers in southern new england and we're ready.

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #4)

Wed Apr 15, 2020, 08:08 AM

5. Thanks, D4D. Questions....

Do you keep them in pots year round?

About how large are they when you bring them inside?

I can just see hummers swarming those little trumpets......

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #5)

Wed Apr 15, 2020, 08:33 AM

6. Funny we have 2 pots with 2 plants in each. One is a hanging basket and it's doing great. The

other is a pot that sits on the deck railing and that one isn't as healthy. Both are flowering. I'm going to split them up and transplant them into other hanging baskets I have laying around. Waiting for warmer weather for that. We have all kinds of plants for hummers but they seem to love these the most and we can keep them right next to us on the deck and the birds fly right up to them and us. Of course there's feeders hanging on the deck too.

BTW the plants are about 18 inches high. Someone said you can take cuttings and root them, I'll try that too. Have plenty of time these days.

And yes they stay in the pots in the solar room all winter and flowered the whole time. But they make a little mess from the flowers dropping.

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #6)

Wed Apr 15, 2020, 08:50 AM

7. Thank you. I was envisioning a much larger plant, so....

from what you've said they would be practical for me. I bring several spider plants inside each fall and they drop leaves like crazy, so I'm used to cleaning up the mess.

I'm more familiar with what we called trumpet vines but your plant would be easier to manage. Are these typically available at gardening centers or do you have to order them on-line? Are they always red?

I looked up your plant on Wikipedia and it said they could be as large as 6-ft. tall, so that's why I asked.

As you said, I think many of us are going to at least get back more connected with nature and that's great!

KY......

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #7)

Wed Apr 15, 2020, 09:00 AM

8. Bought ours ar a local greenhouse, can't remember what we paid but it was minimal. Vermillionaire

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #8)

Wed Apr 15, 2020, 09:23 AM

9. Thanks again. That explains my confusion because...

the plant I found on Wiki is called Russelia, a typically much larger plant (more like a bush):

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russelia

I'll keep an eye out for your plant at my local garden centers........

Russelia.....

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #9)

Wed Apr 15, 2020, 09:51 AM

10. I saw they had them at Home Depot too. 4 for 28 bucks FYI

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Response to dem4decades (Reply #10)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 06:15 AM

11. Thank you. I hope to get well-prepared and brave soon and....

pay a visit to either Lowes or Home Depot soon to catch up on some necessities and grab a few plants as well.

Being high-risk, I tend to mentally plan my trips ahead in my mind. My worry right now is the garden centers will be crowded and some of those isles can be narrow.

These are hard times for a man that has operated his entire life with little fear of anything beyond rattle snakes and Republicans.


KY..........

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #11)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 07:03 AM

12. Spoke to a friend yesterday that said there was a line to get in at Home Depot.

Also my daughter in law went to a local nursery for plants and they offered curb side service, so does our local hardware store. (Liquor stores too)

Maybe call around, why risk it if you don't have to?

Also one of those places ship plants, though i don't quite know how that would work?

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